Wiper Democratic Movement Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has urged the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) not to be coerced by certain forces in the government, to unlawfully arrest, detain or prosecute Kenyans by accusing them wrongly, of perpetrating hate speech, whenever they criticize the government.
He said NCIC is an independent institution that should not act basing on influence from any person, and appealed to the Commission’s chairman Francis Ole Kaparo to serve with sober mind.
The Cord co-principal called for unity among Kenyans of various diversities, saying nobody should intimidate the other due to ethnic background, but rather unite ahead of the upcoming polls.
“We should learn to live as one people. Even though my name ‘Kalonzo’ tells where I was born, I did not apply to be born in Saikuru. Let us all embrace each other’s diversity and unite for our country,” he said on Friday morning.
Speaking during an interview, Kalonzo however took a swipe on the ruling Jubilee government, saying it has doubled taxation rates in all sectors, making it the first in Africa, in matters taxation; a move he said continues to rise the cost of living for Kenyans.
“I don’t know if Kenyans know there’s something called railway tax. This government introduced it and it has never been there. This is meant to over-tax Kenyans.”
He also accused the Jubilee administration of failing to fulfil its pre-election pledges such as providing 500,000 employment opportunities to the Kenyan youth. The former vice president said Jubilee is yet to implement any new development project as it pledged, saying all current projects were initiated by the grand coalition government, which he, alongside former president Mwai Kibaki and prime minister Raila Odinga, led.
He further advised Kenyans to continue having hope by ‘keeping hope alive’, as they look forward to vote for the Opposition.
“I’ll say what I said in 2007. Keep hope alive. We all need each other and together we will make Kenya better,” Kalonzo said on a local radio station.